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Italy and the Libyan quagmire

May 21, 2017

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The toppling of the Gaddafi regime dealt a serious blow to Italy’s then-unchallenged position as Libya’s most important economic partner. The somewhat rash interventionism of France and Britain left a domestically weak Berlusconi government struggling to quickly find a clear strategy on how to best deal with what was virtually a fait accompli by London and […]

The Motives for Liberal Italy’s Colonialism in Africa – Dissertation

May 5, 2013

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Abstract Italian colonialism was, in its time, unlike any other in Europe. It was short lived and arguably improvised. It had been unified in 1861, when the other European powers already directly or indirectly controlled much of the world. Moreover, one of the driving sentiments of the Risorgimento had been the right to self-determination, which […]

Giulio Douhet and Air Power Theory

October 19, 2012

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Giulio Douhet was an Italian General and one of the first and foremost aerial warfare theorists of his time.  In The Command of the Air (1921) he claimed that the introduction of aeronautics to armed conflict had created a new battlefield, beyond those of the land and sea. He argued that an air force should be […]

The Rome-Berlin Axis: To what extent was Hitler’s decision to form an alliance with Mussolini the result of ideological affinity between the two regimes?

October 1, 2012

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Cooperation between Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy started in the mid-1930s as a merely political commitment and culminated in 1939, with the Pact of Steel: a military alliance. The alliance between the two states is not as easily explained as imaginable. Hitler’s racial ideals saw the Germanic race as the one to rule the world, […]

Diplomatic Politeness

May 10, 2012

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In a 1936 message to the German Foreign Ministry, the German ambassador at Rome stressed, in the most polite way, the need for caution in assessing Italy’s dubious military capabilities in the eventuality of a world war on Germany’s side: At any rate, we have cause for taking the most cool-headed view of the ratios […]